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Function std.range.drop

Convenience function which calls popFrontN(range, n) and returns range. drop makes it easier to pop elements from a range and then pass it to another function within a single expression, whereas popFrontN would require multiple statements.

R drop(R) (
  R range,
  size_t n
if (isInputRange!R);

dropBack provides the same functionality but instead calls popBackN(range, n)


drop and dropBack will only pop up to n elements but will stop if the range is empty first. In other languages this is sometimes called skip.


range the input range to drop from
n the number of elements to drop


range with up to n elements dropped

See Also

popFront, popBackN


import std.algorithm.comparison : equal;

writeln([0, 2, 1, 5, 0, 3].drop(3)); // [5, 0, 3]
writeln("hello world".drop(6)); // "world"
assert("hello world".drop(50).empty);
assert("hello world".take(6).drop(3).equal("lo "));


import std.algorithm.comparison : equal;

writeln([0, 2, 1, 5, 0, 3].dropBack(3)); // [0, 2, 1]
writeln("hello world".dropBack(6)); // "hello"
assert("hello world".dropBack(50).empty);
assert("hello world".drop(4).dropBack(4).equal("o w"));


Andrei Alexandrescu, David Simcha, Jonathan M Davis, and Jack Stouffer. Credit for some of the ideas in building this module goes to Leonardo Maffi.


Boost License 1.0.